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Old 07-01-2010, 04:54 PM   #91
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Mmmm...perhaps a passage from Calvino sums it up:

Cities and Memory, 2

When a man rides a long time through wild regions he feels the desire for a city. Finally he comes to Isidora, a city where the buildings have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells, where perfect violins are made, where the foreigner hesitating between to women always encounters a third, where cockfights degenerate into bloody brawls among the bettors. He was thinking of all these things when he desired a city. Isidora, therefore, is the city of his dreams: with one difference. The dreamed-of city contained him as a young man; he arrives at Isidora in his old age. In the square there is the wall where the old men sit and watch the young go by; he is seated in a row with them. Desires are already memories.


Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Cities

http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Citi...8028362&sr=8-1
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:40 PM   #92
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Enter my latest and probably last BMW: a 1977 R100RS. I love everything about this bike. The simplicity. The sound. The feel. The fuel
economy. The fairing!!! It is still a relevant, capable design, a claim few 30+ year old bikes can make. The BMW always seems fresh and ready to pile on the miles.
What he said.

That fairing turns a wobbly old airhead into a cruise missile. "Aerodynamic stability" and stunning good looks that have stood the test of time.

Form and function beautifully wedded like never before in motorcycledom. (except maybe a dustbin Guzzi GP bike...)



imho, ymmv, fwiw,
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:13 PM   #93
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Mmmm...perhaps a passage from Calvino sums it up:

Cities and Memory, 2

When a man rides a long time through wild regions he feels the desire for a city. Finally he comes to Isidora, a city where the buildings have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells, where perfect violins are made, where the foreigner hesitating between to women always encounters a third, where cockfights degenerate into bloody brawls among the bettors. He was thinking of all these things when he desired a city. Isidora, therefore, is the city of his dreams: with one difference. The dreamed-of city contained him as a young man; he arrives at Isidora in his old age. In the square there is the wall where the old men sit and watch the young go by; he is seated in a row with them. Desires are already memories.

Poetry, that.


Thanks for the great posts on this subject, Plaka. You've really got a gift for expression.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:40 PM   #94
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Because it's mine

Because my first memories are on the back of the /6, smiling, riding the 5 miles twice a week to one of my dad's appointments, sitting quietly reading for over an hour, then smiling the whole 5 miles back.

Because he sold it to me for a dollar and a cup of ice cream.

Because riding it is the closest thing I've ever had to a religious experience.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:11 PM   #95
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I've had mine for 9 years now, put about 30,000 miles on it and still don't know if I like it...... but I can't imagine ever selling it.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:31 PM   #96
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I've had mine for 9 years now, put about 30,000 miles on it and still don't know if I like it...... but I can't imagine ever selling it.
If you double or triple the 3K miles that you ride every year, you'll almost certainly come to love your Airhead!

Airheads are for riders!
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:53 PM   #97
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Enter my latest and probably last BMW: a 1977 R100RS. I love everything about this bike. The simplicity. The sound. The feel. The fuel
economy. The fairing!!! It is still a relevant, capable design, a claim few 30+ year old bikes can make. The BMW always seems fresh and ready to pile on the miles.
Fuel economy????!!!!???? What fuel economy????!!!!????

But +1 on just about every other response here. Simplicity, ease of maintenance, reliability, cool-factor, attentiongetter, exclusivity, goanywhereability......

Every time I don my leathers I grin
Every time I get on my R100RS, I grin.
Every time I twist that throttle, wether I am doing 40 or 100 mph, I grin.
Every time I switch her off, having arrived at my destination, I grin..... Actually I feel sad that the journey had to end so soon!

She`s like my wife....If I do not ride her regularly, I suffer!

Excuse me. I am off to plant a big kiss on my R100RS and my R80ST.

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Old 07-02-2010, 04:14 AM   #98
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Fuel economy????!!!!???? What fuel economy????!!!!????


Mike
I get mid-high 40s mpg on the R100RS, which is way better than my friends get with their fuel-injected oilheads, a far cry better than the low 30s mpg I get with my panhead, and at least 5 mpg better than my 82 R100RT. So, yes, relatively decent fuel economy for a litre bike with carbs and points.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #99
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Because it's mine

Because my first memories are on the back of the /6, smiling, riding the 5 miles twice a week to one of my dad's appointments, sitting quietly reading for over an hour, then smiling the whole 5 miles back.

Because he sold it to me for a dollar and a cup of ice cream.

Because riding it is the closest thing I've ever had to a religious experience.
The way people have expressed themselves in this thread is interestingly reflective of the bikes. Spare, elegant, unadorned.... functionally beautiful.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:58 AM   #100
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I was dirt poor when I bought mine. New in 1978. But it was transportation, grocery hauler, a hobby, a sport, all rolled into one. I had no car for the first 5 years. After the initial 600 mile break-in I did all the service work and I wasn't a motorhead.

It has survived to this day, almost 170,000 miles later. A lesser machine wouldn't have made it. If I had the time, space and money, I would buy old neglected airheads and fix em up just for grins.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:27 AM   #101
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Wonderful. This thread keeps getting more better.
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I was a poor social worker living in a basement dive and the bike lived out back under a tarp.
During the poverty-rider days, I lived under a tarp and the bike got the basement dive...
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Something I can't help noticing though is how poorly treated some of these bikes appear to be. Most, really, of the older airheads I see on the road are dirty and appear poorly maintained. Anyone else ever notice this?
I tend to leave mine a bit grungy as a social protest on the "buffed leather and polished chrome" HD-clone crowd. The bike is meticulously mantained (retirement budget permitting) but I like to leave the "patina of use" on the bike...



I do give it a toothbrush-and-Gunk cleaning in the Spring of odd-numbered years...
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:02 AM   #102
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I tend to leave mine a bit grungy as a social protest on the "buffed leather and polished chrome" HD-clone crowd. The bike is meticulously mantained (retirement budget permitting) but I like to leave the "patina of use" on the bike...

Fight the power.




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Old 07-03-2010, 11:21 AM   #103
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takes me to work every day, takes me on trips away, gets knocked about off road but just keeps coming back for more. They are one hell of a bike.

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Old 07-03-2010, 12:27 PM   #104
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Fight the power.
...that poor bike has been to the Darkside, and back. A couple of times...
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:11 PM   #105
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This bike isn't mine but, thought it represented just about the pinnacle of airhead touring development. When the owner began hankering for the greater power of an oilhead I tried to convince him to take it to Chris at CC Products and give it the engine the chassis deserved. Sadly, I believe he sold it.

Some of you left coast guys might recognise the bike. If you do, the next time you see JBW give him a hearty for me. He's a good man.





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